The Diamond Mind Series



„This series is a systematic presentation of a particular body of knowledge, which we call Diamond Mind, and its corresponding modus operandi, a way of working with people toward inner realization, which we call the Diamond Approach®. There are three volumes to date: THE VOID, PEARL BEYOND PRICE and POINT OF EXISTENCE. The presentation is somewhat technical, and hence will be useful to psychologists, psychotherapists, educators and spiritual teachers, but is also accessible to the educated reader. This work is a response to an important need that is being felt in many quarters, a need for a spiritually informed psychology, or conversely, for a psychologically grounded spirituality. This perspective does not separate psychological and spiritual experience, and hence sees no dichotomy between depth psychology and spiritual work. Through a creative critique and investigation, this system takes some of the elements of depth psychology, particularly those of ego psychology and object relations theory, and extends them into realms of the human psyche which are usually considered the domain of religion, spirituality and metaphysics.
This body of knowledge is not an integration or synthesis of modem depth psychology and traditional spiritual understanding. The inclination to think in terms of integration of the two is dueto the prevailing belief in the dichotomy between the fields of psychology and spirituality, a dichotomy in which the Diamond Mind understanding does not participate.
The Diamond Mind knowledge is a multifaceted understanding of the nature of man, his consciousness or psyche, and the potential for expansion of his capacity for experience and inner development. These several points regarding the nature of this understanding will help to place it in context:

  1. This knowledge includes an understanding of normal psychological functioning which also sheds light on some prevalent mental disorders. It adopts many of the findings of modern depth psychology, situating them in a more comprehensive view of man and also establishing their relevance for the pursuit of deeper truths about human nature beyond the levels psychology generally penetrates.
  2. The psychological understanding is set within a metapsychological perspective that includes a broad outline of the domains of experience and functioning of the human psyche or soul. This metapsychology is not spelled out in any one of the volumes of the series, but is gradually developed throughout its several books.
  3. This metapsychology is in turn set within a metaphysical outlook in which psychological experience is situated within a phenomenology of Being.
  4. This work demonstrates that what is usually considered psychological investigation can arrive at dimensions of experience which have always been considered to be the product of spiritual practice or discipline. The psychological work is seen here not as an adjunct to spiritual practice, but as a spiritual practice on its own. This is the specific contribution of the Diamond Mind body of knowledge which prompted the idea of this series.
  5. Not only can psychological investigation lead to realms of experience previously relegated to the spiritual, this work shows that when psychological understanding is refined by an openness to one's spiritual nature, such investigation, if pursued deeply, inevitably will penetrate into the realm of spiritual, religious or mystical understanding. In the course of such exploration one result is that many currently prevalent psychological dysfunctions, such as some forms of narcissism and schizoid isolation, are revealed as direct consequences of spiritual alienation, which thus cannot be truly resolved by traditional psychotherapy.
  6. This body of work includes a systematic understanding of the domain of spiritual experience, the realm of Being, that can be described in detail in modern psychological language. Thus it shows that this domain of experience need not be vague, symbolic or incommunicable. It also includes an exploration of the relationships between this domain of experience and the usual psychological dimension of experience, shedding light on the nature of ego structure and identity. Thus the dimension of Being can be included in some modes of psychological research and investigation.
  7. The presentation in the various volumes of the series attempts to illustrate methods of investigation, as well as the clinical and scientific bases for our conclusions, within a conceptually logical treatment of the various subject matters. However, because of the nature of the field of inquiry, the reader may well be aware of an experiential impact that cannot always be separated from the conceptual knowledge. This points to a particular quality of the Diamond knowledge: it is an experiential knowledge that is immediate and intimately human, but which can be elaborated conceptually.

It is my wish that this knowledge will be useful in refining and deepening our understanding of who and what we are as human beings. Perhaps it will make it possible for more of us to actualize our rich potential and to live more complete lives.“

A.H. Almaas, Berkeley, California, 1994


Diamond Mind Book 1: The Void

Diamond Mind Book 1: The Void

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

Inner Spaciousness and Ego Structure
"The Void, in a remarkable and direct way, introduces us to the space or ground of mind within which mental structures operate. [Almass] shows how inner spaciousness can be experienced in somatic, psychological and spiritual ways, details some of the many levels of inner space and, more importantly, illustrates how these experiences of space can lead to fundamental healing and integration of our being." - Jack Kornfield

Part One - The Void and the Self:
The Mind; Depth Psychology and the Mind - Ego Psychology and the Mind - Object Relations Theory - Self-Image and Boundaries - Self-Image and Space - Self-Image and Body-Image in Relation to Space - Inner Space and Spatial Extension - Self-Image as the Structuralization of Space - The Psychodynamic Approach to Space - Discussion of Technique - Phenomenology of Space

Part Two - The Void and Transformation:
Space and Essence - Space and Sexuality - Space and Inner Change

 

Part Three - The Void: Expansion or Deficiency:
Deficient Emptiness - Space and Deficient Emptiness - The Genesis of Deficient Emptiness - Emptiness is Emptiness


Part Four -The Grades of Emptiness:
The Grades of Emptiness

 

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Diamond Mind Book 2: Pearl beyond Price

Diamond Mind Book 2: Pearl beyond Price

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

In this book Almaas demonstrates that healthy ego development is part of the continuum of spiritual development. He also establishes the possibility of attaining inner realization and developing our essential being—"the pearl beyond price"—in the context of living a normal human life.

Integration of Personality into Being: An Object-Relations Approach

 

 

 

 

Book One - The Nature of the Pearl Beyond Price

  • The Personal Essence: The Man of Spirit and the Man of the World; Being and Ego
  • The Discovery of Personal Essence: Autonomy; Beingness; The Personal Element; Contact
  • The Essential Person: Personal Essence and the Man of the World; Personal Essence in Legends and Fairy Tales; Personal Essence and the Man of Spirit; Personal Essence in Spiritual Traditions
  • Personal Essence and Ego Development: Maturity, Ego and Personal Essence; Being and Functioning; Personal Essence and Object Relations Theory; The Metabolism of Experience; Personal Essence and Ego Functions

Book Two - The Realization of the Pearl Beyond Price

  • Inner Evolution: Enlightenment; The Diamond Approach
  • Personal Essence and the Process of Separation-Individuation: Separation; Merging; Negative Merging; Identity; Personalization; Rapprochment; Autonomic Regulation; The Will Essence
  • Personal Essence and Essential Aspects: The Mother Aspects of Essence; The Father Aspects of Essence

Book Three - The Development of the Pearl Beyond Price

  • Identity: Ego Versus Being; The Personalization of Essence; The Actualization of Being; Cultural Values
  • The Objective Dimensions of Essence: Being and Ego Deficiency; Origins of Ego Deficiency; Resolution of Ego Deficiency; The Complete Person; Personal Essence and Ego Boundaries; Aloneness
  • The Formless Dimensions of Being: The Impersonal Versus the Personal; Cosmic Consciousness and Individuation; Universal Love and Ego Identity; Oneness and the Person; Transcendence and Embodiment; Nonconceptual Reality and Functioning; Absence; The Nameless; The Absolute
  • Universal Man: The Diamond Pearl

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Diamond Mind Book 3: Point of Existence

Diamond Mind Book 3: Point of Existence

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

Transformation of Narcissism in Self-Realization - The Point of Existence describes the underlying spiritual basis for the common understanding of narcissism, which is the experience of a disturbance in the inner sense of self and the resulting need for constant reflection from the outside. This vulnerability in the inner experience of identity arises out of a basic separation from the essential presence which is the source of a true sense of self.

"A.H. Almaas is an astute and brilliant explorer of the common ground of psychology and spiritual development. Almaas provides a much larger and more satisfying framework for understanding the quandaries of self, identity and the resolution of narcissism. He shows how the universal narcissism of everyday life is an incomplete stage of development that can only be overcome through realization of one's deepest, most essential nature. This is a book to study, to contemplate, to live with, and to use as a guide on one's journey." - John Welwood, Ph.D. (author of Love and Awakening)

"Almaas has given us a powerful unfoldment of a new field of study. This pioneering work renders outdated both the psychologist's traditional avoidance of deeper dimensions of experience and the mystic's dismissal of psychology. Almaas's tour de force is must reading for anyone who is seeking a more profound understanding of human experience." - Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. (co-author of The Feminine Face of God)

"Almaas's The Point of Existence is a supremely original and unique work at the interface of spirituality and psychoanalysis. It will be of immense significance for anyone involved in a spiritual path. The promise and challenge of this work for both transpersonal and psychotherapeutic orthodoxies is immense. It will be studied and debated by psychologists, spiritual practitioners, and theologians for years to come." - Harry Hunt, Ph.D. (author of On the Nature of Consciousness)

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